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Weekly episodes digging up lost and forgotten 90s rock — in-depth album reviews, roundtable discussions, and artist interviews that reveal the unique story of the 90s.

Dig Me Out - The 90s rock podcast Dig Me Out

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    • 4.3 • 101 Ratings

Weekly episodes digging up lost and forgotten 90s rock — in-depth album reviews, roundtable discussions, and artist interviews that reveal the unique story of the 90s.

    #523: Frizzle Fry by Primus

    #523: Frizzle Fry by Primus

    While much is made of genres like punk breaking through and topping the mainstream of 90s rock, the late 80s success of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour and Faith No More just as successfully pushed underground/alternative funk metal onto MTV. In 1990, Primus unleashed their twist on the sound with the progressive rock-influenced debut Frizzle Fry. Within a few years, thanks to catchier and catchier tunes paired with creative videos, the band would graduate from Headbanger's Ball to 120 Minutes to daytime rotation, solidifying them as a definitive band of the decade. But what to make of their first studio release, which finds Les Claypool's unendingly inventive approach to bass paired with equally stellar musicians in drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander and guitarist Larry LaLonde. If progressive rock, funk metal, or Claypool's distinct vocal and melodic approach aren't to your taste, is there still something worth checking out?
     
    Songs In This Episode:
    Intro - John the Fisherman
    18:18 - Too Many Puppies
    28:50 - The Toys Go Winding Down
    47:45: Harold of the Rocks
    Outro - To Defy the Laws of Tradition
     
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    #522: Albums of 1991 Roundtable

    #522: Albums of 1991 Roundtable

    Is there a more crucial turning point for 1990s music and 90s rock than 1991? Artists released important albums weekly that would shape the decade (and even entire careers) such as Pearl Jam, U2, Soundgarden, Gun 'n Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primal Scream, Blur, Metallica, and more. Then there were the underground bands that lurked on college radio and outside the Billboard charts like Slint, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Mr. Bungle, Fugazi, Ride, Uncle Tupelo, Mudhoney, and Throwing Muses. It's the debut of Lollapalooza, the year trip-hop and desert / stoner rock would begin their ascension, the year Freddie Mercury released one last album with Queen before his passing, and the year "grunge" became a word everyone knew. It's a super-sized episode with lots of guests and lots to cover.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
    1991 Medley (Unbelievable by EMF, Rusty Cage by Soundgarden, There's No Other Way by Blur, Girlfriend by Matthew Sweet)
     
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    #521: Yank Crime by Drive Like Jehu

    #521: Yank Crime by Drive Like Jehu

    Few bands can really be described as influential, most either affecting the latest pose or regurgitating a nostalgic vibe. On the other hand, some bands are so ahead of the curve, it can take time for the rest of the world to catch up. That's the case with Drive Like Jehu's sophomore 1995 album Yank Crime, which in the worlds of 90s rock, sounded like a runaway train of mixed up genres - post-hardcore, math rock, emo, post-punk, and more that weren't invented yet. It's not speculation to call this record and this band influential - members of At The Drive-in, Deftones, Modest Mouse, Jimmy Eat World, and more have weighed in over the years on DLJ's unique place in 90s rock canon.
     
    Songs in this Episode:
    Intro - Here Come The Rome Plows
    22:22 - Luau
    32:22 - New Intro
    Outro - Do You Compute
     
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    • 50 min
    #520: Season Ten - Year In Review

    #520: Season Ten - Year In Review

    Our look back at Season Ten of the podcast, during which we hit milestone episode five hundred, is a great recap to a not so great year. Our Patreon community continued to support us and lead way, picking interesting and unexpected albums to revisit via individual selections and our monthly polls. It allows us to check out noteworthy 90s bands we had previously missed like Mudhoney, that dog., Neutral Milk Hotel, Dig, Morphine, and PJ Harvey, as well as discover a bevy of lesser-known acts such as Ricaine, Odds, Cosmic Psychos, Giants Chair, and more. From the Hindustani jazz fusion of Indian Ocean to the 70s funk of Big Chief, our sonic pallet was once again expanded thanks to our patrons, who also helped us launch our Discord community, which lead to our new weekly Box newsletter. We looking forward to moving into 2021 and Season Eleven!
     
    Songs In This Episode:
    Intro/Outro - Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney
     
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    • 47 min
    #519: Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge by Mudhoney

    #519: Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge by Mudhoney

    Mudhoney may have written some of the most recognized pre-Nirvana breakthrough tracks associated with the Seattle sound of the 80s like "Touch Me, I'm Sick," "Suck You Dry," and "In 'n Out Of Grace," but the band has had as much in common musically with the sound of Detroit punk and garage bands like MC5, Iggy & The Stooges, The Gories, Sonic's Rendezvous Band, etc. On their second full-length album, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, released in 1991 just months before Nirvana's Nevermind changed the musical landscape, the band took their established template and added vintage organs, blazing harmonicas, and acoustic guitars to expand their sound. While it helps break up what can become a repetitive listen thanks to the eight-track lower-fidelity production, the band can't deliver on a killer melody or hook the way they had on their previous standout songs.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
    Intro - Let It Slide
    14:05 - Generation Genocide
    18:55 - Something So Clear
    23:36 - Pokin' Around
    28:03 - Fuzzgunn '91
    Outro - Into The Drink
     
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    • 44 min
    #518: Waiting For The Punchline by Extreme

    #518: Waiting For The Punchline by Extreme

    As we've discussed previously with episodes on Mötley Crüe and Skid Row, the 1990s were a weird evolutionary period for '80s hard rock and metal bands tagged with monikers "glam" or "hair" to describe their look even if it didn't describe their sound. So much so, there's always a caveat to their '90s releases as to whether the band tried to update their sound to fit in with the new alternative and grunge landscape, or if they kept chugging along with only minor tweaks. In the case of Boston funk-metal band Extreme, their fourth (and until 2008, final) album Waiting For The Punchline ditched the big rock production for a more immediate style that gives the rhythm section more punch but still allows virtuoso guitarist Nuno Bettencourt room to dazzle.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
    Intro - Hip Today
    18:52 - Waiting For The Punchline
    26:42 - There Is No God
    30:30 - No Respect
    Outro - Evilangelist
     
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

bob hellbringer ,

Insightful and Funny look at a great slice of music history

Highly recommended to music fans wanting to explore a slice of music history, but also good for younger rock music fans looking for some fresh music if they hadn't heard of these bands the hosts dig out of the used CD and Tape bin. The hosts are very funny and great to listen to. I was a bit on the young side for this era but am familiar with the genre as a whole. I love the rock music they explore, so much of the music is new to me which is great! I loved Pearl Jam and Nirvana as much as the next person, but their reviews let me explore way, way beyond that. They come at it from an informed fan perspective with some personal experiences to draw upon so they may not be an encyclopedia (remeber those?) of knowledge but are clearly doing this for the love of it and it shows. They draw on their listeners and occasionally are able to track down the actual musicians so it is great to get some other perspectives too. There are plenty of great current music podcasts floating around out there, but this podcast is a good change of pace for music fans.

Hellmitten ,

Favorite Podcast, bar none!

I've been listening to this podcast for nearly 5 years now and I absolutely love it! Tim and J have introduced me to a plethora of awesome 90s music that I never would have heard otherswise... Seriously though, they dig DEEP! They also dig out albums I haven't heard in years, or in some cases virtually forgot about entirely. Every single episode they've ever done (and mind you, they're currently on year 10) is available online, for FREE. You can't beat that! Not to mention, they've established a pretty cool little community of music nerds over at Patreon... It's nice to feel like I'm not the only person left on planet Earth that still collects CDs! Oh, and another cool thing is that they're super open to letting fans of the show join the discussion, either by leaving comments or even joining them for the recording of an episode. And did I mention they do all of the above while keeping the podcast ad-free?! For a weekly show that is truly hard to come by these days! I really can't say enough about how much this podcast means to me... Tim and J, THANK YOU!!!

Jerminate ,

Listen to more than one episode before passing judgement.

Be warned...
You are not going to agree with everything these guys say. You are going to be disappointed with some episodes you were looking forward to. However, this is no different from what happened to most music lovers in the 90’s. You would fall in love with an album, and get your best friend or (if you were brave) your girlfriend to listen to it, only to be crestfallen when they express their poor opinion of this thing that had become a part of you.

It’s okay. Take a deep breath. They’re not judging you. Everyone is entitled to their opinion (wrong as they sometimes may be). The hosts, Tim and Jason (and their many guests) are thoroughly entertaining. Tim comes across as the merciful magistrate, while J plays bad cop. It works really well.

I recommend starting with an episode covering an album you hate. It’s easier on the soul. Then dip your toe into an episode about an album you feel nothing about or are simply not at all familiar with. (There are a lot of episodes wherein they review albums that never made it to the States. If you have been stuck in the U.S. your entire life, these would be good ones to start with.)

If you love 90’s music (or just rock music in general), check this podcast out. Give it a chance. It will probably grow on you. You’ll be through the hundreds of episodes before you know it, and you’ll be eagerly awaiting more.

BTW, if you join the Dig Me Out Union on Patreon, you get to hear even more...You can participate in the selection process, and you get the opportunity to discuss (aka argue) about music with others who have strong (incorrect) opinions about music too.

Enjoy!

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